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Car Accident Attorney in Peoria, IL

Working to Hold Careless & Reckless Drivers Responsible

Driving has always posed risks—both for occupants of cars and for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road. Accidents at intersections and in heavy traffic are particularly frequent occurrences and, often, these accidents are the direct or indirect result of negligence. Understanding the cause of an accident is important if you wish to pursue compensation for damages, including any injuries sustained in the crash.

At Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law, we assist clients who have suffered serious car accidents or lost loved ones as a result of another motorist’s careless or reckless behavior. Whether you were hit by another driver who was using a cell phone, driving drunk, or running a red light, our firm can help you understand your legal options and take action against the liable parties.

To speak with our Peoria car accident attorney about your case, contact us online or by phone at (309) 271-1118 to request a complimentary consultation. We serve clients throughout Peoria and Tazewell Counties.

Distracted Driving Is a Troublesome Trend—and Often Evidence of Negligence

What dangers lead to car accidents? Every situation is unique, but studies have revealed trends that give strong clues about what to look for during an auto accident investigation. Distracted driving—in particular, texting while driving and other uses of electronic communications while at the wheel—may be the answer in many cases.

In past generations, safety advocates focused on ways to make roads and cars safer. Later, dangerous behaviors such as drunk driving, inattentive driving, and aggression were highlighted in studies about causes of car accidents. In our day, texting while driving has become a significant public safety problem. Cellphones, tablet computers, and GPS devices entice drivers to manual, visual, and cognitive distraction from their most important job of driving with full attention. For this reason, texting while driving is a growing area of litigation.

Other Common Causes of Car Accidents

Aside from distracted driving and cell phone use, there are many other causes of auto accidents. In many cases, these factors are a result of negligence.

Some other common causes of car accidents that may be attributed to negligence include:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Traffic violations
  • Roadway design defects
  • Infrastructure defects
  • Malfunctioning brakes
  • Defective seat belts
  • Defective airbags

Whatever the cause, Our Peoria car accident lawyer is equipped to work hard in pursuit of the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Before you discuss your case in detail with investigators or insurance claims adjusters, learn about your rights to compensation.

What to Do After a Car Accident

It is common for people involved in car accidents to feel dazed and confused in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, especially if you have been injured. While you may be shaken up, it is important to keep calm and be mindful of your actions as they can cause you to be liable and impact your ability to recover compensation.

If you have been involved in a car accident:

  • Stop and render aid to all involved parties - never drive away!
  • If you are able, move to a safe place to avoid danger from oncoming traffic
  • If you or anyone involved seems to be injured, call for medical attention immediately.
  • Call the police and report the crash. Inform them of your version of what happened.
  • Never admit fault for the collision and avoid making any uncertain or ambiguous statements.
  • Take detailed pictures of all vehicle and property damage, the positioning of vehicles, and any injuries.
  • Exchange insurance information, license plate numbers, driver's license numbers, and contact information with all involved drivers.
  • Get contact information from any witnesses of the crash at the scene.
  • Report the crash to your insurance company and avoid making any statements.
  • Seek medical attention immediately after the crash, even if you feel fine.
  • Contact an attorney to discover your legal options and file a personal injury claim.

Illinois Car Accident Statute of Limitations

Like any personal injury claim, car accident claims in Illinois are subject to a legal deadline known as a "statute of limitations" which limits how long you have to seek legal action. The statute of limitations for car accident injury lawsuits in Illinois is two years from the date of the accident, while property damage claims have a longer deadline of five years.

Filing a claim after this statute of limitations has expired will typically result in your case being dismissed, thereby permanently preventing you from seeking compensation. It is important to speak with an attorney and commence legal action as soon as possible after a crash to ensure your compliance with all relevant legal deadlines.

Comparative Negligence in Illinois Car Accident Cases

When multiple parties carry partial blame for a collision, Illinois follows a "comparative fault" rule which divides compensation based on each driver's proportional level of fault. In other words, a plaintiff's eligible damages will be reduced by a percentage equal to their level of blame. For example, say you were injured in a crash caused by a driver that made a left turn into your vehicle's side, causing you to suffer $10,000 in damages. At trial, a jury finds that while the other driver is mostly at fault, because you were speeding, you are assigned 20% of the blame for the crash. In this situation, you would only be able to recover $8,000 in total damages (or $10,000 less 20%).

Insurance adjusters understand this law well and will often use this knowledge to pressure you into accepting a lower settlement than you deserve. Attorney Joel E. Brown can help you level the playing field and ensure you are treated fairly during all stages of your car accident claim. With more than 25 years of legal experience, our firm can help ensure your interests are protected and maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.

Call (309) 271-1118 or contact us online to learn how Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law can help you with your serious car accident case. We offer free case evaluations and contingent fees, meaning you don’t pay any attorney fees unless we successfully recover a monetary award on your behalf.

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